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FavoriteSpread (O/U)Underdog
Albany3½ (51)SYRACUSE
PHILADELPHIA1½ (46)Atlantic City
DELAWARE5½ (42)New York
Providence5 (54)CONNECTICUT
PITTSBURGH3 (41)Richmond
WASHINGTON *6½ (43)Baltimore
* Sunday, 10:00 am
home team in CAPS


These injured players will not play in week 9 games:
  • DE Cullen Jenkins, ACS — expected back week 13
  • S Jerome Woods, ACS — expected back week 10
  • TE Christain Fauria, ALB — expected back week 10
  • LB Steve Foley, ALB — expected back week 11
  • S Chad Williams, ALB — expected back week 12
  • LB Nick Barnett, BAL — expected back week 12
  • CB Fred Smoot, CON — expected back week 10
  • S Gibril Wilson, CON — expected back week 10
  • G Jermaine Mayberry, NYE — expected back week 10
  • RB Willie Parker, NYE — expected back week 11
  • WR Kevin Curtis, PIT — expected back week 10
  • TE Tim Euhus, PIT — expected back week 12
  • LB Mark Fields, PIT — expected back week 10
  • WR Josh Reed, PRO — expected back week 13
  • S Darren Sharper, PRO — expected back week 11
  • CB Willie Williams, SYR — expected back week 11
  • RB Duce Staley, WAS — expected back week 11

These skill players were last-second scratches for week 9 games due to “fatigue”:

  • WR David Tyree, ALB
  • TE Chris Baker, SYR
  • WR Troy Brown, WAS (for receiving)

Week 9 Results

October 8, 2005
at Syracuse
Syracuse 27, Albany 17
Syracuse (3‑6) won their second straight behind three Patrick Ramsey touchdown strikes, two of which went to Laveranues Coles. Clinton Portis gained 120 yards on the ground. For Albany (4‑5), Corey Dillon ran for 154 yards and both of his team’s touchdowns.
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October 8, 2005
at Philadelphia
Philadelphia 17, Atlantic City 10
Philadelphia (5‑4) held Atlantic City (4‑5) to 221 total yards and forced 10 Mike Scifres punts. Jamal Lewis had the go-ahead touchdown on a 25-yard scamper with 10:34 remaining in the third quarter. He finished with 102 rushing yards.
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October 8, 2005
at Pittsburgh
Richmond 26, Pittsburgh 20
A 13-yard run by Jesse Chatman with 5:40 to go in the third quarter put Richmond (4‑5) ahead to stay. Minutes earlier a safety by Cornelius Griffin had cut the Pittsburgh (4‑5) halftime lead of six to four. Donovan McNabb completed 14 of 21 passes with two scores.
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October 8, 2005
at Connecticut
Providence 30, Connecticut 23
Providence (7‑2) struck out to a 14-point second quarter lead on a one-yard fumble return by Will Shields and never trailed, notching their fifth straight win. Marc Bulger passed for two scores. Connecticut (4‑5) signal caller Tom Brady was sacked five times.
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October 9, 2005
at Washington
Baltimore 35, Washington 28
Four times Baltimore (4‑5) let Washingon (6‑3) pull even before Ben Roethlisberger hit Eddie Kennison with a 3-yard pass with 1:07 left for the game-winner. Kennison started the touchdown trading with a 21-yard catch-and-run score in the first quarter.
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October 8, 2005
at Delaware
Delaware 15, New York 13   Box   Drive Chart
As soon as he badly shanked a 20-yard field goal attempt that would have increased the Cherries’ precarious 12-10 lead to five points, kicker John Kasay got the sinking feeling that the miss would come back to bite his team. Yet he was optimistic that if he were to be given a chance at redemption he would make the most of it.

He was right on both counts.

Empires quarterback Jake Delhomme connected on a bomb to wide receiver Ike Hilliard, who had scored his team’s only touchdown, to get within striking distance. The Delaware (6‑3) defense stiffened at that point and forced New York (3‑6) to settle for a 31-yard Rian Lindell field goal and a 13-12 lead with 1:37 to go. That left the door open for Kasay but he would need help from his offense.

He got it.

A good kick return by Dante Hall put Delaware in business at their own 37. Quarterback Drew Brees then moved the Cherries 43 yards in eight plays. With 0:08 to go Kasay nailed a 37-yarder for the win.

Despite completing passes to nine different receivers, Brees was not able to get the Delaware offense into the end zone the entire game as they were limited by the Empires defense to 281 yards total offense. Rather it was a play on defense that was key to keeping the Cherries in the game. With 5:31 left in the third quarter, just after Kasay’s second field goal had cut the Empires’ lead to 7-6, linebacker Terrell Suggs jarred Delhomme. He fumbled and Suggs picked up the loose ball and ran it in for a 20-yard score to put the Cherries in front 12-7.

Both offenses struggled in the first half. After Shaud Williams turned the ball over on the Empires’ first possession, they had to punt five straight times before putting together an 80-yard scoring drive in the last three-and-a-half minutes to earn a 7-3 lead at the break.

New York was led on offense by Jerome Bettis with 114 yards on 22 carries. Delhomme hit 13 of 28 passes for 208 yards. Brees was 18 of 33 for 175 yards. The Cherries got 72 yards on 19 carries from LaDainian Tomlinson.